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Forest Tree King Camo

This tale is about the Forest Tree King who arrives at Curry Mallet school with a competition.

All pupils have to pick up a real leaf from the ground and take them to the different judges inside the story who are located around your field or wood.

Each judge has a different criteria for a winning leaf and so your pupils must work out who wins each round.

But lets not give away too much!

The story starts outside the southern entrance to Curry Mallet School.

Walk to that location and the story will reveal.

Chapter one

The Gateway

As you step out the woodland procession approaches, and lifted highly upon firm branches, all knotted in a crazy splendid mess, sits the Forest Tree King, and all about is perfect. The sunshine of the day perches upon his shoulder and he looks lovingly down into the gathered crowd.

Ribbons and bunting are everywhere, gold, green, blue, white, yellow, fluttering like butterflies in the light summer breeze.

'Welcome my friends' he says to the gathering, his deep voice, warm and welcoming. 'Now who shall sit on my throne for the day? Who shall bring me the most perfect leaf, for that is what you must do for me and then I will grant the winner a seat upon my throne for the day.'
Chapter two


He then pauses for effect though the words are the same every year.
'But there is one simple rule, do you know it?' and all about the crowd chant 'Yes, yes we do.'
'Well then that is good, but lets help our new friends freshly joined' and he turns to you and says.

'The leaves must fall naturally to the ground, none must be picked from the trees themselves, and be careful where you collect them from, it must be clean and free from litter of any kind. Now are you ready?'

Are you? Then nod to the Forest Tree King.

All about the courtyard the frenzy is about to begin, there is a magic hush as the King lifts his arm in readiness. Everyone holds their breath waiting for the signal, then he opens his palm and out spill hundreds of rose petals, and off like a gun the crowd goes, to the left and right, people scurrying and snatching at the leaves on the ground, along the side and all about. When they have what they believe to be the best, then they head off across the grass at a mad pace.

Then the King of the Forest turns gently to you again and asks kindly. 'What are you waiting for, find one superb leaf each, make it different from each others, so no two should be alike if you can help it, then take them to the five judges in the field.'

'The winner will have the chance to sit upon my throne, it is always the prize going far back into history, further than books, and long beards, and perhaps even before shoes were invented, and that is a very long way back indeed!'

So your task is set, each take a moment to find a leaf, as perfect as can be and then when you are ready, come back to me and read on.

You all have a leaf?
Go to the Willow area
Chapter three

Matilda the Door Mouse

As you approach the judge, Matilda is getting dropped on to the top of the willow by a black bird and needs your help.Matilda is brown with eye's that look left, then right, then left again.She wear's a ring on her third finger.She need's a parachute to come down from the top of the Willow.

Matilda the door mouse,in order to reach the ground safely she needs a leaf with a rough edge so she can grip on. She likes soft and silky leaves and fresh green ones to.

With your leave's you need to hold them at the same height then drop them and whoever's lands last is the winner. Matilda will glide safely down with your leaf. She will thank you by waving goodbye with a happy smile. So you do it back to her.

Go to the spiders web
Chapter four

Billy the bug

The judge is standing on the spider web. Billy is looking unhappy he is wearing a top Hat and He is drinking a cup of tea and he is sitting on the grass by the field.

Billy likes spiky leaves because they are good for silk and he likes pink leaves because they are colorful.

The judge said "Thank you" to Mr Billy but Billy shouted "NO" to Mr spider. you"What!"said Mr Spider then Billy said "Thank you". Then Billy and Mr spider hugged and became great friends. The end
Go to the Forest School
Chapter five

Emma the Emu

"Snap" a larg foot came flying through a nest, but who's nest? it was the plump emu called Emma, Emma is a superb Emu with a small nest with no comfort, in the future she wants a big nest to store all her belongings, that would maker her feel happy!

Emma would like a leaf which is big and water proof for her small rotting nest!

How would you feel if you had no bed sheets or pillows in your bed?

If there is a tie the biggest leaf wins!

So line up your leafs and discus with each other who has the best leaf for Emma, when you have decided Emma will come over and perch her bum on the perfect leaf for her!

When she has found the leaf she will sit up and do a little wink, when you leave wink at Emma to give her luck for the future ahead!
Go to the tractor tyres
Chapter six


As you approach the judge, Evie the Eagle is hiding under the big black tyre shivering wanting a snug warm blanket. The wind is howling and it is really chilly and bitter. As the blossom falls it blows around, a hundred miles per hour. Evie really needs a blanket! You can see her blue lips and teeth chattering her eyes crying and her feathers puffed to try and keep her warm.

What Evie is looking for is a biggest and smoothest leaf. Who ever wins, Evie will be very thankful and wink at you so all you need to do is wink back at her.

Please help!!
Go to the Hobbit House
Chapter seven

Frank Frog

As you come to the next area you hear a shriek " wooo who" frank frog is parachuting down looking mad and exited his parachute brakes and he eye twitches and bursts out with uncontrollable laughter. Then tells a really not funny like teachers tell. He is and looks as mad as a box of frogs. He sighs and looks up with a twinkle in his eye then tells you about his competition.

Frank likes leaves that comes down slowly and drifts to the ground, at the same time and height drop your leaves and the last one touches the ground wins and if there are more than one winner he picks the biggest leaf.

you wink at frank and he winks back and laughs and falls off his tree stump.
Go to the middle of the field
Chapter eight

Captain Cricket

Here in the middle of the grand field, there is nothing much except grass. But then look closer, and here you see hundreds of tiny crickets, jumping and hopping all about, so be careful how you tread.

Place your leaves down again in a line, and Captain Cricket hops over with surprising speed to test them. What will he make of your perfect choices I wonder?

With a funny rasping sound he fidgets over each leaf, then does a double tap with his hind leg on the one which has a mouldy mark. 'I like this one best, as here out in the middle of the field I have to choose the best leaf for my friend Worm, and this one will rot the fastest. Worm will love it.'

Which leaf do you think will be the fastest to turn back to earth, for that is the winner of this round.
Go back to the beginning
Chapter nine

The Forest Tree King

The King waits eagerly, he has judged many leaves already, but lots of faces are a little glum as nobody has won yet today, but then you place your leaves on the ground and the Kings wise eyes light right up.

'Tell me,' he says, 'Which did Spider choose?

And which did Miss Fly-by-night the moth?

And what about Squire Squirrel, he likes shiny, which did he choose?

And Captain Cricket, he always chooses for worm, which did he like the best.

He talks so fast that you find your head gets dizzy, but you point as quickly as he asks.

'All these leaves are so beautiful,' he says 'but every competition needs a winner and the throne can only hold one person, so . . . ' and he pauses thinking for a moment.

'Is there one leaf which has been chosen more than the others?'

Who's leaf has been chosen the most times?

But the King shakes his head, 'We can't leave it like this, I have an idea, you can take it in turns on my throne.'

And an enormous raw of applause erupts from the crowd, hats are thrown into the air and music begins to start.

Then the Forest Tree King lifts you up high onto the throne of branches and all cheer at the first winner.
Chapter ten

The End

Did you enjoy the adventure?

How would you make it better?

Should there have been another judge creature? Fly, Rook, Robin, Field Mouse, Pigeon?

If you were one of the judges what would be your criteria for the best one?

What would you change about the story?

Who's leaf should really have won?
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